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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., took purpose on the Division of Homeland Safety‘s newly created “disinformation board,” calling on it to be dissolved.
“There’s no ‘confusion’ over the Biden Disinformation Board,” Hawley mentioned on Twitter Monday. “Everyone understands exactly what it is – a censorship committee to punish free speech. Dissolve it now.”
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In a later tweet, Hawley vowed to introduce legislation aimed toward eliminating the board.
“If Joe Biden won’t dissolve his unconstitutional Disinformation Board, Congress should,” he mentioned. “I will introduce legislation this week to eliminate the Board and forbid the government ever to create another one. It’s time to stand up for free speech.”
Hawley’s feedback are available response to Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who informed “Daily Post Sunday” that the Biden administration “”may have performed a greater job in speaking” the intent of the board.
While critics such as Hawley have expressed concerns over the board’s potential to regulate free speech, Mayorkas insisted it was created to combat “disinformation that presents a safety risk to the homeland.”
“Disinformation from Russia, from China, from Iran, from the cartels,” Mayorkas mentioned.
“This is a working group that takes best practices to make sure that, in addressing disinformation that presents a threat to the homeland, our work does not infringe on free speech, does not infringe on civil rights, civil liberties,” he continued. “It’s not about speech, it’s about the connectivity to violence. That is what we need to address. You know, an individual has the free speech right to spew anti-Semitic rhetoric. What they don’t have the right to do is take hostages in a synagogue, and that’s where we get involved.”
However throughout testimony final week when he introduced the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board, Mayorkas mentioned the board was created to fight on-line disinformation.
“The goal is to bring the resources of [DHS] together to address this threat,” Mayorkas mentioned, particularly pointing to threats to the 2022 midterm elections.
Hawley isn’t the one lawmaker to precise comparable considerations in regards to the board, with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., likening it to George Orwell’s famed Ministry of Fact from 1984.
“The Federal Government has no business creating a Ministry of Truth,” Cotton mentioned final week. “The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘Disinformation Board’ is unconstitutional and unamerican, and I’ll be introducing a bill to defund it.”